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Old 23-08-2013, 19:32   #1
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Ocean Kayak

Which brand of two person Kayak has been the better of the brands to acquire for cruising and stowing topside against the life lines...plz also let me know why...

-which color is preferable

currently gathering all the items for a long term cruise with my family.


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Old 24-08-2013, 05:17   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, wmadams.
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Old 24-08-2013, 05:38   #3
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Re: Ocean Kayak

depends on your budget, but there is a sponsor here that makes a 2 man inflatable.
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We recently purchased two Advanced Elements kayaks, one being their tandem version: http://www.advancedelements.com/adva...nvertible.html. It's certainly not as good as a quality fibreglass or plastic PVC kayak, but I was very impressed with how the boats handled and moved. Best of all (for us) they fold down into a large suitcase size bag which we can easily store.
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Re: Ocean Kayak

Hi! Try for size the "Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Tandem Kayak", in red/orange color. It cost around $900 USD. It is rugged, very comfortable for plus sizes and has plenty of cargo/gear space. Very easy to stow/retrieve, as well! Good luck!

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Old 24-08-2013, 06:12   #6
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I got my Ocean Kayak Malibu Two for $350 on Craigslist. It is certainly not fancy but for my family, it is perfect. I kayaked in Edgartown Harbor in Martha's Vineyard in 25 knot winds and did well. We can have one or two on it comfortably and even add a small third person to it! It is also so stable that my kids like to use it as a raft to jump off of and climb on again and it doesn't tip.
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My only experience is with the Malibu Two (not the XL). We carry two of them outboard of the lifelines in Garhauer racks. It takes a moderate amount of muscle to get them on and off the boat. Works great for us, but it probably depends a lot on the boat. We're a 48' catamaran.
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Re: Ocean Kayak

We used a Hobie Mirage i14t (inflatable tandem).

The beauty is that it is pedal driven (as well as paddle driven) so it's hands-free operation (you can use binoculars or camera at will).

We stored it inflated in garhauer racks outboard of the lifelines and made a bridle to raise and lower it with the spinnaker halyard.

Fantastic kayak. We could stand up in it easy -- extremely stable. Loads of fun. Great exercise. Good platform for cleaning the sides of the boat. If you have a large locker you could store it deflated, but the bag is quite large.

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My only experience is with the Malibu Two (not the XL). We carry two of them outboard of the lifelines in Garhauer racks. It takes a moderate amount of muscle to get them on and off the boat. Works great for us, but it probably depends a lot on the boat. We're a 48' catamaran.
I've always wondered about the outboard racks. Spinnaker sheets don't foul?

We sometimes carry inside the lifelines and sometimes stacked on the davits, which is handier for us.
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